Tuesday, September 15, 2009

On the Probability of Acceptance

There was a certain professor at Illinois (who is no longer there) who once claimed, "Adding an integral sign to a paper will unambiguously increase the probability of acceptance." This confession of an economist offers more proof. The author revised a clear and simple paper (which, by the way, had been rejected) into an incomprehensible mathematical maze of equations and proofs (which, of course, was accepted by the very same journal that had rejected the clearer, simpler version). Sad, but true.

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